‘Paperless’ AIIMS to be reality by year-end

Nearly a decade of announcements later,AIIMS is going to ‘paperless’.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Published: May 13, 2012 2:11 am

Nearly a decade of announcements later,AIIMS is going to ‘paperless’.

Two crucial sections in the hospital will switch to the e-hospital software this week. The institute is expected to make all its activities computer-based by the year-end.

From now on,the functioning of the recruitment and faculty divisions and that of the paramedical and nursing staff will be managed online. All the personal records of faculty — academic,personal and performance details — will be put online.

Next in line is an overhaul of the registration system of the Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur OPD,the main out-patient wing of the hospital. It will be computerised in the next two months. Records of the Emergency wing and the central hospital store will also move online in the next phase. “By the year-end,our laboratory services,wards,and all diagnostics facilities like X-Rays and CT scans will be made online. After a decade of trying,we are finally turning a paperless facility,” a senior AIIMS official said.

The instiute was one of the first to start planning to make the software switch over a decade ago. However,the project failed to take off even as other government hospitals made the switch.

Efforts to adopt a Hospital Information Software (HIS) failed,as the AIIMS administration was engaged in talks with private firms.

“For the last 10-11 years,we had been trying to process a PPP arrangement,but we failed at the last stage. There are lots of problems involved in handing out the management system of a huge set-up like ours to a private company,” the official said.

This time,the institute is partnering with the National Informatics Centre(NIC),under the department of Information Technology.

“The NIC made its software available to us for free and the training of the staff and installation of the software is nearly complete,” the official said.

In another move to the electronic way,from May 10,the hospital will make available a smart-card facility at the Cardio Neuro Centre.

“We are trying to educate patients about the benefits of having a single card,which is available in different denominations. It can be swiped for services like surgery,diagnostic facilities,and registrations,” the official said.

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